1. Not Knowing What You Really Want. Mark Twain said he could teach anyone how to get what they want; he just couldn't find anyone who truly knew what they wanted. I agree. Most people don’t know what it is they really want to achieve. They often know what they don’t want, but then that’s where their focus and energy goes—to what they don’t want.
Sometimes your "great" ideas can work against you. Your next "big idea" can be the enemy of your current project.
We encourage people to work on no more than three major objectives—ones that can have almost daily action toward their achievement. Focus and discipline is needed here (see Number 2 and number 10).
5. Lack of Belief—in Yourself and/or in Your Goal. This is often related to worthiness, but there’s more to it. You need to believe in yourself and in the creative process. Winners expect to win. A shortage of belief causes many people to give up or never begin in the first place. In many cases, it causes one to take shortcuts that sabotage their success.
6. Deficient Knowledge. A worthy goal usually requires learning new things. Buckminster Fuller said, "You can’t learn less." Perhaps you’re not sure what it is you need to learn in order to get where you want to go. Find out. But don’t let lack of knowledge keep you from starting. If you wait until you know it all, you’ll never begin. Start from where you are and build the bridge as you walk on it.
7. Insufficient Skills. Most likely there are certain skill sets you lack which will hinder your progress. Discover what these are and start today in gaining the necessary skills. Perhaps you need to learn how to effectively use a computer and the Internet. Maybe you need to up-level your communication or time-management proficiency. Even a good attitude is a skill. Enhancing your skills is a lifelong investment that will pay you big dividends.
8. Not Enough Money. Most people think this is the number one reason why they haven’t achieved their dreams. They think that if they just had more money then they would be successful. But it’s rarely a money problem—it’s usually an idea problem. With good ideas and a tenacious spirit, you can get the funding you need.
9. Low Energy. Vince Lombardi said, "Fatigue makes cowards of us all." In order to have the energy and stamina to win, we need to take care of our bodies. Get adequate rest, eat the right foods and refrain from careless and unsafe behavior. Our achievement is our production. Our bodies, our minds and our intuition make up our production capacity. If we don’t properly care for ourselves, we’ll be unable to produce.
10. Inadequate or Nonexistent Support. Everyone needs help. You don’t need to go it alone. I’ve seen far too many people fail because they weren’t willing to ask for help or didn’t know where to turn in order to get it. There are always people who can help. Bring in talent and resources from others and make it a win-win situation. Align yourself with organizations that can help you succeed.
To us, it's the real reason for a goal—to create the growth and learning that happens between your current circumstances and what you're capable of achieving.
This training—and Diamond Club itself—is not for everyone. It's for people who truly want to make a difference—for people who want to determine their own gap and navigate that gap in exciting and inspiring ways.